[wp-hackers] Community conventions for custom post types?

Lionel Pointet lionel.pointet at globalis-ms.com
Fri Aug 3 16:50:46 UTC 2012

I think what you're looking for is a plugin that comes with its custom 
post types: two different developpers will be able to make 
interchangeable themes on top of that plugin. And even if the plugin's 
not active, the theme won't necessarily break because it'll implement 
templates like "single-restaurant.php" or so.
These are the conventions I know.

The fact that many themes come with their own implementation and logic 
(restaurant themes as you pointed out for example, which create their 
own post types and taxonomies) is in my opinion not the right way of 
doing it. You should be able to change theme and keep the data available 
in admin, but that's rarely true with those themes and it's too bad.


Le 03/08/2012 18:38, onlyunusedname a écrit :
> One of the most compelling reasons for me to develop small to midsize CMSs
> on WordPress is that WordPress has really emerged as the lingua franca of
> this market segment.  When an existing WordPress user comes to me wanting
> enhancements, upgrades, or redesigns (which happens increasingly) I *love*
> how much I just magically know about their existing codebase without having
> to do a bunch of discovery.
> I was wondering if, towards this end, there had been any sort of community
> effort to standardize custom post type and/or custom taxonomy nomenclature
> for common CMS implementations?
> For example, if developer A implements a custom post type with custom
> taxonomies for menu items on a restaurant CMS, it would be great if
> developer B could take for granted the conventions developer A was using.
> And both developer A and developer B could make interchangeable restaurant
> themes that worked perfectly right out of the box on each other's
> restaurant sites.
> Does there already exist somewhere a sort of community consensus around the
> implementation of common custom post types that would encourage ease of
> interoperability?  If so, I'd like to be following it.  If not, does it
> seem like a potentially useful thing to others?
> Just curious.
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